FARMINGTON — Four inmates at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center face charges in connection to the Dec. 28 jailhouse riot.
Arrison Parrish, Aaron Thomas, Alvin Martin and Rinalldo Chee each were charged Wednesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with multiple felonies, including aggravated battery upon an officer, assisting in the assault of an officer and disarming an officer.
Parrish, 30; Thomas, 26; and Martin, 28, are each being held on a $35,600 cash-only bond, the release states. Chee, 34, is being held on a $38,000 cash-only bond.
Jail administrator Tom Havel said Friday that one of his employees is performing a critical incident review, the details of which will be made available next week.
“All of our policies were followed, as far as I have seen,” Havel said. “Everything went according to plan.”
He said that the inmates who participated in the incident will appear before a disciplinary board that will determine each inmates’ culpability and possible punishment, including possible isolation.
Havel disputed that the Dec. 28 incident was a “riot,” arguing instead that it was a fight between guards and prisoners.
One guard who suffered a fractured eye socket in the melee has returned to work.
According to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, guards were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 to the bathroom area of a jail pod after learning that two inmates were involved in a fight.
The fight had ended when guards arrived, but an inmate not involved in the initial fight began punching one of the guards, the release states.
Several more guards and inmates joined the fray in the bathroom area. Meanwhile, other inmates in the pod disobeyed orders to return to their cells.
Farmington police officers and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to help quell the disturbance, according to the release. Over several hours, guards and officers were eventually able to pull the men out of the pod and place them in segregated units.
In addition to the guard who suffered a fractured eye socket, several other guards and inmates sustained minor injuries, the release states.
Parrish was being held at the facility on a $100,000 cash-only bond after being arrested in October on his ninth drunken driving offense, according to court records.
In that incident, he was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase from Farmington to a chapter house on County Road 7167, according to The Daily Times archive.
At the chapter house, Parrish allegedly exited his vehicle wielding a baseball bat, but was subdued by police and arrested.
Thomas is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond after being accused of stabbing two women in Fruitland on Nov. 25.
He allegedly fled the scene of the stabbing, but was arrested at his Farmington apartment by a U.S. marshals task force.
Martin was being held at the facility on a $2,500 bond for misdemeanor aggravated battery.
Chee was being held on a $5,900 bond for aggravated battery upon a health care worker, resisting an officer and criminal damage to property.
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.
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